The Hottest Corporate Holiday Event Design Trends for 2014

It’s that time again — time to invite a few (or a few thousand) people to a holiday celebration. The big news for corporate holiday parties in 2014 is that more companies are hosting holiday celebrations, and they’re spending more at them than in recent years. Apparently, according to Fortune Magazine, this is the best year for corporate holiday gatherings since 2007.

Here are some of the fresh ideas and refreshed themes I’m seeing in corporate holiday parties for 2014.

Winter Wonderland

Seasonal, festive, and neutral, a snowy-inspired décor is always a popular choice. This year’s take is heavily influenced by Disney’s juggernaut Frozen, with light blue, silver, and reflective surfaces like mirror or Lucite creating a magical and ice palace atmosphere.



It’s a familiar story: the more technological we become, the more the more we appreciate the charm of the past. I love revisiting mid century holiday décor, which enlists a palette that extends beyond traditional green and red (think chartreuse, peacock blues, bright and pale pinks) and whimsical, modern shapes. These play so nicely with the “new” trees of yesteryear in metallic silver, white, and pink.

Luxe Woodland

The woodland theme is still holding strong. This year, I see a departure from a more rustic feel and a movement towards a luxurious take on the theme with rich textures, gilded surfaces, and elegant greenery in the form of magnolia and myrtle.

All that Glitters

Nothing says a party like lots of shine. I’m seeing white paired with metallic gold, silver or even pink for a youthful and modern party feel. Think lots of glitter, tassel garlands, over-sized Mylar balloons, and yes, glittering photo booth backdrops.

Finally, my top four picks for dance floor crowd-pleasers: Pharrell’s “Happy,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off,” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”

Happy Holidays!